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Mattie McGrath was among those who questioned the idea of Oireachtas politicians getting free antigen tests. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Antigen 4 All in the Dáil? Blindsided TDs couldn’t believe their ears. They’ve been getting it in the neck since Thursday from outraged constituents(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told the Cop26 summit that ‘we cannot wait for 2050, we have to cut emissions fast’ as she described  reducing methane levels as ‘the lowest-hanging fruit’ among the options available to make a major impact on climate change.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire

More than 90 countries including Ireland have backed a global pledge to cut 30 per cent of methane emissions by 2030 in one of the most significant ou(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘We will contribute globally to a global reduction. It’s a global pledge.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has been accused of “spin” in his comments on Irish commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the Cop26 climate summit i(...)

Photography in the Dáil chamber is banned and Paul Kehoe said Thomas Gould and  Bríd Smith were taking pictures of the electronic voting board. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghaíl called on TDs not to turn the Dáil into “Ballymagash” after a row over photographs being taken in the chamber. The r(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said subject specifications for the Leaving Cert are developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and involve extensive consultation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Chinese communities in Ireland are “outraged” by the decision of the Department of Education to use only a simplified script in the new Leaving Certif(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is only delighted to discuss Project Happy because it’s his baby and right there in the Programme for Government. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos

Hurry up with your wellbeing framework! It’s too late now for the current session but it would be a good idea to have something in place by the time (...)

Mary Lou McDonald in Belfast recently. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

The politics of condemnation came in from the cold for Sinn Féin this week. Or did it? Decades after adopting this clever phrase as cover for its un(...)

Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It is exhausting being a woman in Ireland because of the constant fight for basic health services, the Dáil has been told. Social Democrats TD Jennif(...)

Tony Collins, chairman of the national executive of the ESB Retired Staff Association, speaking at  a protest outside Leinster House in 2010. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposed legislation that would see tens of thousands of retired workers given a voice in pension disputes for the first time is to be debated in the (...)

Site of the new National Maternity Hospital on Sisters of Charity Land at St Vincent’s University Hospital: The Government and St Vincent’s have said all medical procedures legal in the State will be available, including those that run contrary to Catholic ethos, such as termination of pregnancy. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Land for the new National Maternity Hospital will be protected from repossession by a bank which holds a charge over it for up to 149 years – once a l(...)

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